Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Job: Full-time Student-Athlete

I've always been told that playing tennis and having a strong passion for it was a good thing, but not good enough to put on a resume. It was strange to think that my years playing in middle school, making Varsity as a freshman in high school, playing in the line-up my freshman year in college, and leading my team to multiple conference and sectional championships as captain, would later in life, mean nothing.

Maya Mapp (shown left), the Training and Development Specialist for CareerAthletes, came to UW-Whitewater last night and showed student ahtletes what work skills their sport gave them. Not only do college athletes spend 30-40 hours on their sport, but they have to balance a school and social life as well.

Maya helped the student-athletes realize that they possess 25 traits that their years of training and head-to-head competition have helped them aquire. My top five traits I have learned from being a student-athlete are:

*a strong work ethic
*being self-motivated
*seeking and loving a challenge
*a competitive nature
*and incredible time management.

I learned that these are some of the strongest skills I possess, and I have learned them from playing tennis. Thanks Maya for the great advice!!

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